The Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Thursday setting a franchise record for consecutive wins at home with 14.
Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.
1. The Caps will trail after the first period - Wrong
Washington indeed looked a little sleepy after a 0-0 first period, but New Jersey sure didn’t put up much of a fight either. In fact, the Devils barely put up a fight at all with only 15 shots on goal for the entire game. They seemed content to force overtime from the opening face off. Bold strategy, Cotton.
2. Kevin Shattenkirk will not register a point – Correct
Shattenkirk was held off the scoresheet despite playing a team-high 21:24 including 7:23 on the power play. After the game, I wrote about how seamless his transition has been thus far and how much trust Barry Trotz already seems to have in him. He looks right at home, but I am still taking the point for being right.
3. Jakub Vrana will score – Boom!
Sometimes you get a prediction right and sometimes you nail it. This was the latter. Vrana didn’t just score on Thursday, he scored the only goal of the entire game. In what was a very sleepy contest, Vrana was one of the few players who jumped off the ice at you almost every time he was on the puck. When he scored in the third period, I wasn’t surprised at all. That’s not because of my prediction, it’s just because of the way he played all night.
2017 results: If you ignore my results for the year and just look at how I did Thursday, it looks like I actually know what I’m doing.
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